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Coronavirus to change centuries-old greeting; frankly it’s time

People have been shaking hands for thousands of years. Is the arrival of a deadly virus signaling the end of the hand shake greeting? (photo courtesy of dreamstime.com)

Clifton Bullock

March 30, 2020

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the lexical impact is just as evident as its societal impact. Terms like “community spread” and “social distancing” have become the “new normal.” Before, when a person got sick, we always tried to remember who we were around while healthy to see who...

Los Rios scrambles to catch up in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

In the midst of campus closures that went into effect on March 13, students and employees voice concerns about the sudden changes instructed by the LRCCD. (Photo by Emily Mello)

March 17, 2020

As of Wednesday, March 18 all Los Rios Community College District schools will close indefinitely in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus. While there have been no confirmed cases of infection throughout the LRCCD, according to RAVE alerts, four medical students in the LRCCD were exposed to COV...

Opinion: Astros cheating scandal sets bad example for student athletes

Major League Baseball team, the Houston Astros were caught cheating in the 2017 season by using cameras and trash cans to signal their batters what type of pitch was coming. (Photo Illustration by Brandon Zamora)

Brandon Zamora

March 16, 2020

For as long as anyone can remember, cheating in sports is something that’s always happened. Teams and players throughout history in every sport have cheated at one point or another and it’ll keep happening for years to come.  However, it was recently discovered that one team did in fact cheat to not only...

Musicians on campus heckle student body to give them a listen

Hakem Burns a.k.a. NStinct, told the Current he bought his cover art for his mixtape, “DMIII,” from an 80-year-old homeless man. Burns says he selected the art because he believes it will make people think. (Photo courtesy of Hakem Burns)

Alex Muegge

March 4, 2020

If you thought the California Family Fitness representatives and several different religious booths heckling you to join their organizations around campus were bad, you have yet to run into American River College’s finest freelance artists trying to make a name for themselves. There have been an abundance of these salesp...

The Current aims to promote ethical journalism

Following frustrating interactions with American River College faculty members and staff, journalism students remind readers that journalism is an unbiased system of checks and balances.  (Photo Illustration by Oden Taylor)

February 25, 2020

We live in a world where it seems like everyone is afraid of fake news, bad publicity or “gotcha” journalism. This epidemic has been drastically aggravated in part by the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump. On a daily basis, Trump blasts out rapid-fire tweets making claims, among oth...

Can Democratic candidates keep their promise of free college to the American people?

 Can the Democratic party deliver on their promise for more affordable college tuition in the U.S? 
(File Photo by Katia Esguerra)

Clifton Bullock

February 24, 2020

The progressive wing of the Democratic party is making claims this political season that many are wondering if they can deliver.  Presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) both share core beliefs regarding hot topics such as universal health ...

The caucus system fails to deliver

The Iowa Caucuses, held on Feb. 3, 2020 didn't go as planned due to a new caucus app created by the company Shadow. (Photo illustration by Ashley Hayes-Stone)

Oden Taylor

February 20, 2020

It’s that time again where the entire country scrambles to decide who will be our next president. There are currently five viable Democratic candidates, as well as the former mayor of New York, Micheal Bloomberg who is only viable because the Democratic National Committee changed its donor policy for hi...

Remembering the Mamba

American River College basketball player Vernon Robertson inscribed a tribute to Kobe Bryant on his shoes prior to a game versus Cosumnes River College on Jan. 31, 2020. (Photo by Thomas Cathey)

Brandon Zamora

February 6, 2020

On Jan. 26, a helicopter crashed down in Calabasas, Calif., killing nine people. Two of those people were Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.  People all around the world have been affected emotionally by this tragic event. From the families who lost their loved ones in the crash, to fa...

Los Rios Police Department neglecting daily parking meters

A parking meter on the fourth floor of the parking garage at American River College displays an “out of service” sign during the spring semester. (Photo by Emily Mello)

Marquala Brown

February 5, 2020

Every semester students arrive at the American River Parking lot without a semester parking sticker. Many of them expect to purchase a $2 daily parking sticker, only to walk up to a flashing red light machine with the words “PLEASE PAY AT ANOTHER PAY STATION TEMPORARILY OUT OF SERVICE.” On the fi...

Violence in media doesn’t perpetuate real life violence

(File photo)

Josh Ghiorso

December 12, 2019

Violence in the media has been a recent topic of discussion with the October release of the “Joker” movie. The worry was specifically if “Joker” will perpetuate mass shootings at theaters, like in the 2012 theater shooting during a screening of “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises”.  However t...

Which democratic candidate has the most effective prison reform?

Four leading democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election propose their plans to reform the United States prison system.

Colin Bartley

December 12, 2019

With so many candidates running in the 2020 presidential election it can be difficult to know which best aligns with your personal views and beliefs. Arguably, the most hotly debated topic this election is prison reform, a subject that has been brought up time and time again by left-leaning activists...

Oak Cafe serves great food but okay service

Main Entree wild Mushroom pizza served at the Oak Cafe on Dec 4, 2019. (Photo by Colin Bartley)

Marquala Brown

December 12, 2019

American River College’s Oak Cafe restaurant, located in the culinary building near the theater parking lot, offers guests a great dining experience without spending a lot of money.  According to its website, the Oak Cafe is staffed entirely by students who rotate jobs, including host and serve...

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